According to a new study, healthcare workers are significantly more likely to have antibodies to the coronavirus (whether or not they had been diagnosed with COVID-19) if they are African American or Latinx. Among other findings:
- Not all workers with antibodies reported having symptoms. However, among those who did, the most common was loss of smell.
- People with hypertension or high blood pressure were more likely to have higher degrees of antibody response.
- Asthma patients has lower antibody levels.
- People more frequently contracted the virus in their private lives, instead of on the job.
In a new survey of direct care workers, they say that the top challenges they experience outside of work during the pandemic included:
- ¬ Separation from family members.
- ¬ Managing the personal needs and demands of family.
- ¬ Experiencing financial hardship.